Army Intelligence Transformation
What is it?
Military Intelligence is transforming in line with Army Transformation to enable decisive action by Army and Joint Commanders in an era of persistent conflict, complex environments and asymmetric challenge. The transformation effort integrates advanced fusion and “find, fix, finish exploit, analyze and disseminate” (F3EAD) capabilities into Battle Command processes at Brigade Combat Team (BCT), Battalion and Company levels. Holistically adapting how we equip, train, share information, grow leaders, and improve reasoning skills will enhance capabilities to generate actionable intelligence at the lowest possible level. This effort is fully integrated with the Army Campaign Plan and is focused on six key initiatives:
- Increasing MI Capacity and Advanced Skills Readiness
- Growing Army Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Capabilities
- Force-wide Employment of Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Capability
- Revitalizing Intelligence Training at Home Station & Combat Training Centers (CTCs) (Project FOUNDRY)
- Expanding Persistent Surveillance & Exploitation Capabilities
- Changing MI Culture
What has the Army done?
The MI force has incorporated hard-earned, field experience into the Army’s ongoing modular design transition that shifts the warfighting nexus from Division to BCT level operations and equips Soldiers for the asymmetric fight. This transformation has created a significant increase in the size and capability of tactical intelligence elements, expanding the HUMINT force, and accelerating the development / fielding of “flat” network DCGS-A capabilities down to Battalion level to ensure distributed, all-source data access. These initiatives have also resulted in major changes in the way Army Intelligence trains and sustains combat readiness.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to invest heavily in key MI Transformational initiatives in concert with modular conversion and overall Army growth. We will continue to integrate lessons learned from operational experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq into the six vital Army Intelligence Transformation initiatives.
Why is this important to the Army?
Combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have clearly demonstrated the vital need for increased MI capabilities in the Army’s BCTs and Battalions, where the risk is greatest. Commanders at the tactical level must understand, decide, act and react in near real-time to capitalize on fleeting opportunities, achieve intended effects and mitigate risk. Timely fusion of all sources of information can only be accomplished through aggressive intelligence/operations teaming, a shared common operating picture of the environment, and the effective employment of organic and supporting MI assets. Ongoing MI transformation actions empower our Soldiers to fight in complex “human terrain” through responsive, agile intelligence support at all tactical levels across the full spectrum of operations in an era of persistent conflict.